Community of Christ President Stephen M. Veazey spoke Thursday evening at the opening session of the 45th annual Mormon History Association Conference.
Formerly known as the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Community of Christ is the second-largest religious body to trace its origin to the revelations of Joseph Smith from 1820 on.
"From the first time the Prophet Joseph set foot in Jackson County, until now, almost 180 years later, we continue to marvel at the growth and impact of our religious movement in all of its varied expressions," President Veazey said.
A day before his ordination, he said, he was contacted by President Hinckley. "In his note, he indicated that he had a desire to meet me, as he had most of my predecessors," President Veazey said.
During a follow-up visit in Salt Lake City, the LDS Church president commented on "how good it is that our institutional relationships are so much more cordial and cooperative than in the past," President Veazey recalled.